18 February 2004 The continuous reinvention of diffractive optics
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We show in this paper how the field of diffractive optics has moved during these past twenty years from academic research to main stream industry and consumer electronics. We analyze the main driving forces, the various enabling technologies and techniques for both design, fabrication and mass production of diffractive optics, and the successive markets in which this technology has been able to provide economically viable solutions to specific industrials needs. More specifically, we will see how niche applications making use of special features of diffractive optics seem to survive the applications involving the same diffractives, issued from the successive main technology driven investment bubbles.
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Bernard C. Kress, "The continuous reinvention of diffractive optics", Proc. SPIE 5249, Optical Design and Engineering, (18 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.518455; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.518455
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